Is Parkinson’s Disease Preventable?

We know that age is the biggest risk factor for Parkinson’s disease. What we’re discovering now, however, is that other factors are also at work—it’s not just old age or our genetic make-up that make us vulnerable to this disease.

What science has learned is that we have more control over our mental health than previously believed. The aging process is no longer considered a condition beyond our control.

The Journal Neurology published a meta-analysis study in 2013 which shows that exposure to certain chemicals are linked to Parkinson’s Disease. Meta-analysis studies are important because they take the findings from other independent studies and combine the many results from these to figure out the most effective treatment for a disease. In other words, this 2013 report used a lot of data which increased the validity of it’s finding.

The more we study Parkinson’s, the more the research shows that Parkinson’s is linked to our exposure to certain chemicals in our environment.

The findings from the meta-analysis study show that the chemicals we use to treat food crops and the soils that we grow them in correlate to the list of chemicals that increase the risk for development of Parkinson’s Disease in humans.

Pesticides: 58% increased risk for Parkinson’s

Herbicides: 36% increased risk for Parkinson’s

Insecticides: 31% increased risk for Parkinson’s

Solvents: 41%  increased risk for Parkinson’s

Mancozeb: 118% increased risk for Parkinson’s

Mancozeb is actually given to animals to create Parkinson’s Disease so that scientists can study the illness. Therefore, it is not surprising that it is a known risk factor for getting the disease. But Mancozeb is also widely found in fungicides that we routinely use on our vegetable gardens to keep our vegetables free of fungus.

Clearly, the results of the meta-analysis study shows the importance of eating organic vegetables whenever possible, as well as limiting one’s exposure to pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, cleaning solvents and fungicides that contain Mancozeb.

This study is important for many reasons. It helps us to educate ourselves on our health and the health of our environment. Although genes do play a role in our health, our genetic make-up is not the whole story.

We can prevent many debilitating diseases by learning about the harmful chemicals we use in our environment. We can also improve the health of our environment by continuing to study the effects of the chemicals we use on it.

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Chris Horton

Chris is a journalist and a contributor for DailyHealthDigital® . His background is in the pharmaceutical and biochemical industries. Chris writes about new research, discoveries, trends and all health related topics.